Aviation Ground Specialist – Level 3

An Aviation Ground Specialist could work in a number of aviation environments, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focused around the arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft and maintaining an aviation operation, will include knowledge, skills and behaviours (KBSs) to complete complex aviation tasks and may include supervision of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation.

These functions may include loading and unloading of aircraft, Air Traffic Control (ATC), movement of aircraft and vehicles air side and the management of passengers both air side and land side. The functions all work as part of a combined team, within which communication with wider colleagues and other stakeholders is essential and the aviation operations specialist plays a key part part of a coherent operation. The core knowledge, skills and behaviours must be completed by all Ground Specialists, along with one of the five specialist functions.

The End-Point Assessment takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development after a minimum of eighteen months ‘on-programme’ training and development, equating to a minimum of 20% of the apprenticeship as ‘off job’ training. The End-Point Assessment should only commence once the employer is confident that the apprentice has developed all the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the apprenticeship standard. It ensures that all successful apprentices have achieved the industry set professional standard for an Aviation Ground Specialist. 

Apprentice End-Point Assessment Journey

Aircraft Handling

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Aircraft Movement

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Fire Fighter

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Flight Operations​

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Passenger Services

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